The Legendary Willie “The Lion” Smith Harlem Jazz Man, Cantor, Duke Ellington Mentor, Harlem Hellfighter And More

William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholf Smith, November 23, 1893 – April 18, 1973, also known as “The Lion”, was a Harlem cantor, jazz pianist, and a master practitioner of Harlem stride piano during the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →


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Who Is The Greatest Sports Star To Represent A Harlem State Of Mind?

Harlem has been home to many celebrities from all walks of life, but perhaps it is in the sporting world that people from here have found most success. Continue Reading →


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Harlem Boxing Champion Harry “The Black Panther” Wills (video)

Harry_Willis_1916Harry “The Black Panther” (or “The Brown Panther”) Wills, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 15, 1889 was a heavyweight boxer who three times held the World Colored Heavyweight Championship. Continue Reading →

Dickie “Mr. Harlem,” Wells, Harlem Playboy And Entrepreunuer, 1920-1949

Richard “Dickie” Wells, known as, “Mr. Harlem,” 1908-1949, was one of Harlem’s most gifted tap dancers, nightclub owners, and last but certainly not least, its most notorious male gigolo and playboy. Continue Reading →


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Premier Boxing Champions Announces Season Three For Harlem Boxing Lovers

premier-boxing-championsHarlem has a long history of boxing fans and boxing champs like Harlem Tommy MurphyHarry “The Black Panther” Wills, Joe Louis, Tyrone “The Harlem Butcher” Jackson, Hector “Macho” Camacho and many, many more. Continue Reading →

Marva Trotter’s Timeless Beauty (Photographs)

 A smiling, Marva Trotter "the most beautiful woman in Harlem" steps into her Duesenberg in Harlem, 1940's.

If ever there were a real-life Cleopatra—a woman whose beauty could knockout champions, or launch a thousand ships—it was Marva Trotter dubbed “the most beautiful woman in Harlem”. Continue Reading →


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Miss Suzie Porter, By James Van Der Zee, Harlem, NY 1915

Miss Suzie Porter Harlem photo by James Van Der Zee 1915 1A great image of Harlem resident Miss Suzie Porter at home by legendary Harlem photographer James Van Der Zee, in Harlem New York, 1915.

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